The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) graduate program is designed for students interested in the study of mechanisms controlling the composition, structure, and functional processes of ecological systems and the mechanisms that regulate the pattern and rate of evolutionary change within and among species. Our interdepartmental program provides students with an interdisciplinary education and opportunities to train and conduct research in an area of interest. Our graduates are qualified to pursue basic and applied research careers in academia, government, and industry. We hope you will consider Iowa State University for your graduate studies in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Diane Debinski, Program Chair

Cooperating Departments

Our students major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and receive a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from one of our ten cooperating departments.

Get Involved


The Graduate Research in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology (GREBE) student organization promotes interaction and sharing of ideas among EEB graduate students and faculty. GREBE takes an active role in planning and implementing EEB student activities, including a welcome picnic for new graduate students, a brown-bag seminar series, and the annual research symposium.